Hello all! I recently moved my two parakeets to a new apartment. It's a lot darker than our old apartment, and has vertical blinds, not horizontal blinds. My budgies had gotten to a point where we rarely ever handled them. I would open the cage for them and they would fly around, land on the blinds, then fly back.
I wanted to try and acclimate my birds to the new apartment by taking them out like I was doing when I hand trained them, but because they fly so well now and aren't fond of being handled, that isn't really an option anymore (and I don't want to force them to do anything they don't like). Right now when they come out of the cage, they fly around forever until they finally get tired and land on whatever is closest. I'm afraid they're going to hurt themselves doing this - one of my budgies has done something that looks like throwing up after flying around this much since they never did it in my apartment.
I guess my main question is how do I acclimate them to the new apartment without them hurting themselves? And what's the best way to budgie proof my new apartment?
I like 4711's idea of placeing some perches in different places in you home.
You might also consider setting up a playground area or playstand somewhere in the room where their cage is located so they have a place to go and land when they tire of flying.
Are your budgies going to have access to your entire apartment during out-of-cage time or just one room?
I would suggest you invest in a nice full-spectrum light if you don't already have one, to ensure your budgies are getting an approprate amount of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium and having the light would serve for your budgies as well as providing more illumination in their immediate area.
You will be amazed how little amount of time it will take for them to become familiar with their new home. providing perches is an excellent idea .I have in fact brought inside several large tree branches and hung some toys and brightly coloured articles to entice my birds to land !
Now my budgies fly happily from one tree to another .